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Old 07-25-2014, 12:12 PM   #1
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China bomb (?) blowout

While peacefully camping last week a neighbor pulled in behind us, my wife whispered that I should check out a tire. Got up and looked and said what as I checked out the two tires on the driver's side. She said not those, the spare! OMG - completely shredded almost beyond recognition. Talked to the driver and his wife. Had happened en route and he put the spare on. Further conversation led to the extensive damage, and inspection of the remaining 4 tires.
Another tire on the same side of the blowout was grossly underinflated, and weather checked. He had no idea how old the tires were and we couldn't tell the manufacturer, or DOT numbers. Then we found a sticker with "2002" on the side. He explained that he bought in used, and had just got it out of storage. Here is a picture of the damaged tire:

I know there are lessons to be learned. but I won't bother beating a dead horse
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Old 07-26-2014, 06:43 AM   #2
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The best tires in the world would have failed under those conditions.
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Old 07-26-2014, 06:54 AM   #3
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The best tires in the world would have failed under those conditions.
Yes, 12 year old tire no matter who made them are a problem waiting to happen.

I hope they can get them replaced before the trailer gets torn up any more.
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I've had that on 4 tires less than 2 years old.
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That is a case where they should (Replace ALL the tires) BEFORE they leave the C/G! Youroo!!
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Yeah, the subject line of this thread is mis-leading.
ANY brand tire treated like that at that age is likely to fail.
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His wife told me they were going to leave the trailer in place until fall, then have towed to a repair shop about 15 miles away for a complete fix, including 5 new tires.
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We had a one year ago tire look just like that, in the pouring rain on Christmas Eve one year.
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His wife told me they were going to leave the trailer in place until fall, then have towed to a repair shop about 15 miles away for a complete fix, including 5 new tires.
Oh brother!
The trailer needs to stay where it is, just the wheels and tires should go any place and that needs to happen in the owners tow rig or the tire shops service truck.

Tires are old NOW another 2 or 3 months out in the sun and weather is not helping matters.
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Just my thoughts. I recently had a blowout while pulling our fifth wheel home from a weekend of camping. I wasn't even aware that it had blown until a car pulled up next to me and the guy was pointing to the back of the camper. I noticed that cars were backing off and I had seen rubber chunks flying. I have noticed that nearly everyone suspects the manufacturer and or the global location as to where the tire was made as the culprit. In my situation, I attributed the problem to my wheel bearing retainer clip. I had recently repacked the wheel bearing and I must have distorted the retainer clip when initially taking it off. It had popped loose and the nut loosened up some allowing the wheel assembly to wobble while rotating . I am sure that this may have caused the blowout. In addition I had remembered two weeks prior while sitting at a stop light a car pulled up next to me and the driver told me that my tire (said tire) was low. I forgot about it. That may have attributed to the problem as well. Maybe think about finding a solution as to why it happened before pointing the finger at just an assumption as to why it happened.
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